The Truth RevealedFreemasons Have Been Connected To The All Seeing Eye On The Dollar Bill, The French Revolution, The Knights Templar, And The Pyramids Of Egypt They Have Been Rud To Be Everything From A Cabal Of Elite Power Brokers Ruling The World To A Covert Network Of Occultists And Pagans Intent On Creating A New World Order, To A Millennia Old Brotherhood Perpetuating Ancient Wisdom Through Esoteric Teachings Their Secret Symbols, Rituals, And Organization Have Remained Shrouded For Centuries And Spawned Theory After Theory The Masonic Myth Sets The Record Straight About The Freemasons And Reveals A Truth That Is Far Compelling Than The Myths I think I enjoyed the second two thirds of this book a lotthan the first third Kinney falls squarely in the Masonry developed from operative Stonemasons camp, which I always find frustrating for its facility and lack of considerations He dismisses Robinson and other alternative historians, but doesn t really give ANY basis for that, offers no particular scholarship to underpin his position He chooses not to underpin the received position with any of the research that has been done, instead merely tossing off his point of view, when in fact the realities behind that position are farcomplex and fascinating than the bland dismissal found in most books would allow one to believe.But that said, the rest of the book is well written and interesting Nothing terribly shattering for a fellow Brother to read, but it would be a reasonable title to suggest to someone interested in the fundamentals of the Craft I did largely skip the chapter on appendant body degrees, as I ve not joined either Rite yet and I don t care for spoilers That said, his very basic discussion of the 3 Blue Lodge degrees was general enough that a man could read them and not have his own potential future degrees spoiled Kinney s chapter of the Illuminati was also amusing and worthwhile.This book, it seems, has essentially been written before for instance Complete Idiot s Guide FM for Dummies, etc And again, it doesn t offer too much in the way of additional material for the casual reader though some of the information about the Rites was strong and well written A worthwhile read, less glib and postmodern than the two mentioned just above It also includes an annotated bibliography Acceptably recommended. I had high hopes for this book, and as a woman who participated for many years in one of the Masonic youth groups Job s Daughters I had enough familiarity that I was hoping to get into some interesting details It was tough to get through some parts that felt long dragging too much detail in some areas and not enough in others Many myths were discussed without adequately disproving them though I know they are not true Ainteresting and lively narrative could have made this flow muchsmoothly Generally, an interesting history of the Masons and the author s reasoned defense of Masonry is supported evenhandedly in presenting the pros and cons on issues discussed The reading gets a bit bogged down in the descriptions of all the degrees of the Scottish and York Rites and I, uninitiated with the intricacies of Masonry, became confused and overwhelmed Nevertheless, the historical aspects were enlightening and the conspiracy concerns of anti Masonites debunked. Had some good ideas about the psychology and importance of rites of passage and initiations and how Freemasonry is one of the only groups that still does them He also believes the future of freemasonry might be smaller andconcentrated groups of masons that care about the philosophical and esoterical side of masonry He does touch on the history of masonry but nothing I haven t heard or read before. Since the founding of the premier grand lodge in 1717 London, books, pamphlets, exposures, and articles have been written about the Freemasons They have been vilified and praised, and wherever a conspiracy theory is born, there s a Freemason in it somewhere A whole cottage industry of alternate history began with the publication ofHOLY BLOOD, HOLY GRAIL in the 1980s, and continues today with Dan Brown s popular novels breaking records many accounts, much confusion.Jay Kinney s book, THE MASONIC MYTH, will help cut through the hype He writes cogently, calmly, and examines the existing evidence to discuss such questions as the origins, rituals, and purposes of Freemasonry, carefully examining the facts and drawing reasonable conclusions The book may not satisfy a taste for discovering hidden puppet masters, but will give a well thought out and balanced view of just what Freemasonry is in the modern world I highly recommend this book. We ve all heard about secret societies and their rituals THE MASONIC MYTH takes you on a journey that allows you to understand the Freemasons Find out the reasons behind certain symbols and rituals that have been concealed for hundreds of years.I m always up for a good conspiracy theory or secret society book, so when I was given the option to review this book, I just had to get my hands on it I was not disappointed This book opened my eyes wider than I thought possible. Written by an expert in essotoric religions, this book basicaly says that the Masonic Myth is that there are secrets When they are no real secrets and no conspiracies But then the author is a Mason, so maybe that s what the Masons want you to think slightlyserious this is probably one of the best and easiest to read books on Masonic history and traditions Just don t expect to learn all the mysteries of the world. I come from a long line of Masons Master Masons, Knights Templar, Scottish Rite and the Shrine but never entered the Craft myself My curiosity about the Masonic Order late in life was prompted by the silly fictions in the novels of Dan Brown and the even sillier fictions in Robert Anton Wilson and Robert Shea s The Illuminatus Trilogy 1975 , none of which made sense of what I knew of my father, grandfathers, and Uncles Jay Kinney s little book did an excellent job of answering my questions without putting firehose down my throat A Mason himself, he does not fell prey to the temptation to be a cheerleader and flack The book is nicely balanced between criticism and defense of Masonry It also contains many references which suggest avenues for further inquiry by those whose curiosity is provoked by some part of this shorter work. An overview of the history and symbolism of Freemasonry Kinney favors the historical critical view of the origins of Freemasonry, while still recognizing the relationship of the Craft to earlier societies Kinney s greatest contribution in this book is the last chapter discussion on the future of Freemasonry and the emphasis on the formal and spiritual nature of the Craft, rather than the social or philanthropic aspects to which Masonry is now turning.
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- 288 pages
- The Masonic Myth
- Jay Kinney
- 19 January 2017 Jay Kinney